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Economist to talk about China's economy, then and now

Update: March 11, 2011 at 4:14 p.m.--This event is canceled.

March 11, 2011

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KALAMAZOO--The Chinese economy, past and present, will be explored when a noted economist gives a talk next week at Western Michigan University as part of the Werner Sichel Lecture Series.

Dr. Thomas Rawski, professor of economics and history at the University of Pittsburgh, will speak from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. His presentation, titled "China's Economy: Historical Legacies and Modern Growth," is free and open to the public.

Rawski received his doctoral degree in economics from Harvard University in 1972. He is proficient in Chinese, Japanese and German.

Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty, he taught at the University of Toronto from 1971 to 1985. He has been a visiting professor or scholar at Australian National University, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University and Tokyo University. Rawski also has held many leadership positions in professional associations and societies, including president of the Association for Comparative Economic Studies.

Rawski's research focuses on the development and modern history of China's economy, including studies of China's reform mechanism and achievements, as well as analyses focused on productivity, investment, industry, trade, labor markets, environment and economic measurement.

Rawski's book credits include "China's Great Economic Transformation," "China's Rise and the Balance of Influence in Asia," "Chinese History in Economic Perspective," "Economic Growth in Prewar China," "Economics and the Historian," "China's Transition to Industrialization" and "Economic Growth and Employment in China."

The Sichel Series is organized by the WMU Department of Economics and named in honor of longtime WMU economics professor Dr. Werner Sichel. Now in its 47th year, the speaker series brings highly regarded economists to the area to discuss economic issues. The theme of this year's series is "Dragon vs. Eagle: The Chinese Economy and U.S.-China Economic Relations."

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Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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